http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/12/us-newscorp-detective-idUSTRE76B1BD20110712 (contributed by Colin)
If News International lied to cops in the ‘investigations’ into hacking crime, where are the arrests and charges of those responsible? Or is this an investigation the Met can’t resource – or would rather not look into because it might remove a convenient excuse for its own failings and expose more about them? Just like the last one …
11,000 bits of paper evidence is not a massive amount. Less than a week with only 2 working on it would be enough to sample it pretty rigorously. In the Morgan case, 750,000 bits of evidence were collected, but presumably not digitised and sorted into levels of disclosure. The case collapses because material cannot be disclosed to the defence. Decent detectives can and do do better than this these days.
I got the impression watching the ‘evidence’ given to some Parliamentary duck-eggs that actually doing detective work is far too difficult, much as a lot of decent coppering. I can’t say I’d have been happy busting my chops over phone hacking either. What we need to know is how much time this enquiry really needed in the first place and we have been given nothing to work on. The duck-eggs needed to get some of the leg-people in and have Ms Akers tell them how she would have done the original work if given to her.
The whole mess looks like it may disintegrate into a series of civil proceedings and pay-offs as in the link above.
The public interest is in a cleaner press empowered to investigate more strongly than before as a ‘fourth estate’, a more sensible legal system and so on. In fact, it looks as though the whole shebang is now caught up in compensation claims, with plenty of time being given to shred and collude on stories in the Met and elsewhere. Plus revenge on the Dirty Digger. Brown now seems to be muddying the waters with a sob story about as genuine as his emotions.
And why does anyone think a judge-led enquiry will help after the farces on Iraq, no inquest on Dr. Kelly or 20 years in clearing two decent pilots flying helicopters known to be wonky?